23 Nov 2019
New Sarawak Tribune : Community sports centre for Sibujaya
Community sports centre for Sibujaya

Florence Genta
SIBU: Sibujaya has come a long way since its humble beginning in 1994; it is now a vibrant township.

Thanks to the solid support of the state government, many amenities have been built and various public services such as schools, police station, hospital, Bomba station and public library are in place to benefit the current population of approximately 32,000 people, said Amcorp Group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim.

To date, he said more than 6,000 homes had been built in the township.

“There are 300 commercial shophouses to cater not only to Sibujaya residents but also those further away in rural areas such as Kapit, Kanowit, Selangau, Durin and so forth.

“Perhaps, in future, there will be a reasonably priced hotel to house our long-distance guests in SibuJaya.

“Yes, nothing seems impossible if we nurture this synergistic relationship among residents, local businessmen, developers and the relevant government authorities.

“Sibujaya has also created its own annual celebration known as the Sibujaya Water Festival,” he said at the launch of Azman Hashim Community Sports Centre in SibuJaya yesterday which was graced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“I have not had the opportunity to participate in this but I have definitely read the press reviews and saw some photos of key corporate leaders having good fun there.

“Today, it gives me great pleasure to add another bit of good news to Sibujaya. I am here not only as a representative of Amcorp Group but as a Trustee of Yayasan Azman Hashim, a non-profit organisation for charitable purposes, which I founded,” he explained.

(From left) Johari, Azman, Dr Sim and Dr Annuar at the launching of Tan Sri Azman Hashim Community Sports Centre at Sibujaya Township.

He said Yayasan Azman Hashim would construct a brand new multiple-use sports facility complex on state government land at Lot 7050, Sibujaya.

He said the state government had consented to name the sports complex “The Azman Hashim Community Sports Centre”.

He added that the community sports centre would have a football field and an outdoor 8-lane athletic track complete with comfortable covered seatings for spectators.

The track would be made of IAAF Certified Herculan Rubberised Track System paved on a suspended slab, he added.

Azman said the sports centre would host regional meets including the Asean level international competitions.

He said, “There is also a separate multi-purpose indoor stadium which can house multiple sporting activities from basketball, futsal, volleyball, badminton and even gymnastic meets.

“There are changing rooms with toilets and shower facilities and also an alfresco outlet for basic sporting necessities and supplies.

“We hope this community sports centre will encourage our younger generation and all Sibujaya residents to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. God willing, some future national sportsmen, sportswomen and athletes may be from Sibujaya.”